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CvHS JROTC Celebrates Wreaths Across America

On Saturday, December 15th at 10:30am, the Cleveland High School JROTC cadets along with over 200 volunteers were at the Raleigh National Cemetery to lay wreaths on veterans’ graves in an effort to pause during this busy holiday season to HONOR and REMEMBER our veterans for their sacrifices and their commitment to protecting our freedom. This event is done in conjunction with Wreaths across America and is a major service learning project for the cadets at Cleveland High School.

 

The cadets teach people about the need for wreath sponsorships and they plan the actual ceremony that took place at noon at the cemetery. Even out in the drizzling rain, they laid the wreaths donated by people around the world on graves at the Raleigh National Cemetery. It was a beautiful event that started in the school parking lot with the wreaths being loaded on a tractor trailer and led by the Revenant Warriors and Patriot Guard on motorcycles, the Johnston and Wake County Sheriff Departments and the cadets in a commercial bus donated by Starship Bus Company in a procession to the cemetery. The CvHS JROTC cadets provided the Color Guard and the ceremonial formations. Jacob Tolar from the CvHS band played "Taps," Olivia Harvell from the CvHS chorus sang "The National Anthem" and the invocation was given by Cadet Christian LaRue.

 

Thank you to all that supported this great event and thank you for honoring our Veterans.

 

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PHOTO 1: JROTC cadets are in formation getting a briefing about how to properly lay the wreaths on the grave.

 

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PHOTO 2: JROTC stand in front of the tractor trailor that will be carrying the wreaths to the ceremony. It was donated just for the event.

 

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PHOTO 3: Cadet Puente (left) and Cadet Harris (right) salute the grave after placing the wreath. 

 

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PHOTO 4: Volunteers place wreaths at the Raleigh National Ceremony.

 

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PHOTO 5: Cadet Kotoman (left) escorts Mr. Dan Hopping as he places the Revolutionary War Wreath on a grave site as the guest speaker, Col. Brent Orr, looks on.

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PHOTO 6: More volunteers lay wreaths and collect the empty boxes prior to the ceremony.